It's believed that the Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck is the only quarterback who has played more games than Brink in the house that Paul Allen had built for his NFL team.
Yes, Brink said after leading the Cougars to a 45-17 victory over the Aztecs by throwing for 469 yards and five touchdowns, he's going to miss the place.
"It's a fun place to play,'' Brink said. "Today (Saturday) I really noticed the noise. The quarterback from San Diego State came up and said, ‘This is a nice place.' It was one of the first times I looked around and it is a great place to play. The atmosphere ... we had our fans really supporting us. It was a fun deal.
"I think I'm going to miss it a little bit."
As well he should.
Brink helped the Cougars win three straight Qwest Field games -- over San Diego State, Baylor and Grambling -- following a learning experience loss absorbed when he came off the bench as a freshman against Colorado.
Against the Buffaloes he lost a fumble near the goal line on WSU's final possession.
"That first game was a tough one ... kind of a baptism under fire,'' Brink said. "I got my feet wet real quick. It made me a better player. Those trials I went through in that first game made me better."
It was the start of a career that has propelled Brink past WSU legends Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf into third place on the Cougars' career passing yardage list. The 469 yards against San Diego State gave Brink 7,564 -- ahead of Leaf (7,433) and Bledsoe (7,373). Only Jack Thompson (7,818) and Jason Gesser (8,830) are ahead of Brink.
"It's more important that we got the win,'' Brink said after being told he had passed Bledsoe and Leaf. "That's the big thing."
BRINK, BY THE NUMBERS, AT QWEST:
Total passing yards: 1,233
Average yards per game: 308
Touchdown passes: 9
Won-loss record: 3-1
|BRINK FIRED 5 TD PASSES SATURDAY.|